Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2016 brings you great health and joy!

The past few weeks, I have been thinking about my hopes and aspirations for 2016. 

This year I will be participating in a few cross stitch stitch-a-longs (SALs). I will be working on Twilight Duel (for my 16-year-old son) for the Heaven and Earth Designs SAL with the Cross Stitch and Discuss Facebook group. I will be joining the Stitchy Start blog this year. This does require a new start, but my 18-year-old son finally found a project that he would like me to stitch for him. I found the chart at Charting Creations. After receiving permission, I added a cover photo of the "Fractal White Tiger" chart to my sidebar. It is based on artwork by Ricky Barnard licensed by (As soon as I finish this post, I will be starting this project! Everything I need is in the photo above.)

For the moment, my plan is to do 3 day rotations with Fractal White Tiger, Twilight Duel, and QS Red Hearts. That gives me at least 9 days with each project each month.

The Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2016 is something else I am quite excited about. I plan to create a lap quilt with the blocks I embellish this year and keep it for my hubby and me. I spent most of the afternoon piecing the first two blocks. 

This year, I will continue participating with the 1 X-mas Item a Month blog. Rather than trying to make individual gifts, I will be finishing up a few time consuming projects and sharing updates (and hopefully a few finishes) each month.

On Mondays, I will continue linking up with the Monday Stitchery Link Parties at Super Mom - No Cape! (I do hope you will join us!)

On Tuesdays, I will continue sharing my Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) posts. New stitches will be posted at

In the next few weeks, I hope to add all of the blogs I follow to the sidebar of my blog. (It will take me a while, so if I frequently visit your blog and you do not see it listed, I promise it is not an intentional slight!) I will also be updating my UFO and TAST pages.

So much to do and so little time... Now, I am off to relax and stitch just a bit. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Katie said...

Ohhh I love your new piece! Can't wait to watch it grow. Good luck with all your goals. Hope it's a great year ahead for you.

Christine Barnsley said...

Great ideas for 2016 Renee! Looking forward to sharing them with you through your blog! Hope you have a fabulous year! Christine x

Anonymous said...

Wonderful plans for the new year, and I'll be following right along cheering from the sidelines. I can't believe your new project has even MORE stitches than Twilight Duel! Those boys are keeping you busy. ;) I really like your winter block banner. Happy new year, and best wishes for a year of finishes!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Holy Cow!! You are pretty darned organized and lots of projects to participate in. I can admire that and be just a little jealous...if I had a jealous bone in my body, which I don't think I do!!
Happy new year.

Anthea said...

wow Renee, you sound very organised... the projects you'll be working on are simply stunning & what a great idea to be part of the SALs & blogs so you can keep up the motivation! Can't wait to see progress!

KimM said...

Looks like a great list, Renee. Hmmmm. maybe I should sit down and figure out my goals and commitments. I think I may already have taken on too much....but we'll wee. I just love to do everything - it's so hard to say 'no'.

Justine said...

Great list and I love your rotation idea - that way no one gets left out! They're all lovely designs and a variety of colours should stop you getting bored. Best of luck!

Tiffstitch said...

Great new projects and good luck keeping up with everything!

Annet said...

Happy New Year!

Renee said...

Happy New Year, Annet!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

ooooh - I love that tiger!! Good thing I don't have to choose between the dragon and the tiger, because I couldn't. Both pieces are amazing! Sounds like you have a busy year planned. It will be fun to follow along.